Shutdown 2013: Washington, D.C. Monuments Get Ready for Visitors
Friends "high ten" in a sprinkler on a unusually hot day in Washington. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Destinations like D.C. have visitors year-round, but for places like national parks, the shutdown’s end coincides with the closing of the tourist season.
Tourism sites around Washington are preparing to welcome visitors again as the 16-day partial government shutdown ends.
Some sites plan to open to visitors Thursday, just hours after a deal was struck to reopen the government. Others will open to the public in coming days.
Barriers that surrounded National Park Service memorials and monuments during the shutdown are being removed Thursday morning.
The U.S. Capitol’s visitor’s center will open Thursday with tours. The Smithsonian says its museums will open at 10 a.m. Thursday. The National Zoo‘s beloved panda cam is expected to be back online Thursday, but the zoo itself won’t open until Friday.
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